As Harvesters Roll Along, National Crop Conditions Holding StrongMon, 21 Sep 2015 16:41:06 CDT
Harvesters were rolling along, as fall harvest was underway across much of the nation this past week. On Monday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported harvest was taking place for the nationís corn, soybean, cotton, sorghum and peanuts.
Corn harvest was progressing in 16 of the largest corn producing states in the nation. Ten percent of the nationís corn crop has been harvested, five points behind the five year average. Harvest progress ranges from 70 percent complete in North Carolina to one percent in Colorado and Wisconsin. Crop maturity was slightly behind the five year average with 53 percent of the crop mature. The crop condition remained unchanged with 68 percent rated good to excellent.
"Every week, the information we gain from combines actually in the fields provides an increasingly accurate vision of what we will find in our bins after harvest," said National Corn Growers Association President Chip Bowling, a grower from Maryland. "I find it heartening to know that the crop condition report remains strong even though many had issues with flooding earlier in the season. While U.S. farmers work to bring in another abundant, sustainable crop, NCGA continues its work to create demand and grow opportunities for corn farmers."
Soybean harvest numbers appeared this week on the national crop progress report. Progress was on track with the five year average with seven percent of the crop harvest. Louisiana was the furthest along with 66 percent of the crop harvested. Soybean maturity was ahead of average with 56 percent of the crop dropping leaves. The condition of the nationís soybean crop improved in gaining two points with 63 percent of the crop in good to excellent condition.
Cotton harvest was taking place in 11 of the nationís largest cotton producing states. Harvest has reached seven percent, two points behind average. Crop maturity remains slightly behind the five year average with 57 percent of the cotton bolls opening. The condition of the crop held steady with the previous week with 52 percent of the crop in good to excellent condition.
Sorghum harvest was taking place in nine of the top sorghum producing states in the nation. Harvest was 26 percent complete, behind the average of 28. Sorghum harvest in Louisiana leads the nation with 95 percent of the crop harvested. Crop maturity was seven points ahead of average with 52 percent of the crop mature. The nationís sorghum crop condition fell slightly with 66 percent in good to excellent condition.
Peanut harvest has reached nine percent complete, with harvest taking place in seven of the eight largest states for peanuts. The condition of the crop held steady with last week, as 71 percent of the crop was rated in good to excellent condition.
Nationally, winter wheat planting was 19 percent complete. That's slightly behind the five year average of 20. Planting progress was recorded in 16 of the top 18 wheat producing states in the nation.
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